Jean-Philippe Susilovic – Wikipedia

Jean-Philippe Susilovic – Wikipedia

Jean-Philippe Susilovic

Born 26 November 1975 (age 45)

Brussels, Belgium


Occupation TV personality, restaurant director

Jean-Philippe Susilovic (born 26 November 1975), often referred to simply as JP, is a Belgian television personality and restaurant director. He is best known for his appearances as the maître d’hôtel on the American version of Gordon Ramsay’s cooking reality show Hell’s Kitchen, and was also the maître d’hôtel for the first series of the original British version of the show.[1][2][3]

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Early life[edit]

Susilovic was born in Brussels on 26 November 1975. He is of Croatian descent.


Susilovic met Ramsay when he was 17 and Ramsay was 25.[3] He has been described by one executive chef as the ideal person to be the maître d’hôtel for Hell’s Kitchen.[4] He is said to be and represent the “quintessential” maître d’hôtel.[4]

Susilovic joined Ramsay in 1995, working in Ramsay’s restaurant Aubergine.[3][5] His experience in Michelin-starred restaurants broadened when he moved to the U.S. to work in restaurants such as New York’s La Panetiere, Danube, and Daniel. In October 2001, he moved to the Middle East to work with Ramsay as the manager of Verre at the Hilton Dubai Creek. In 2010, he returned to serve as the maître d’hôtel at Ramsay’s re-opened Pétrus.[6] He was the maître d’hôtel for five years at Pétrus in the Berkeley, and moved over with the restaurant to the new location.[7]

Susilovic left the American Hell’s Kitchen show following the seventh season due to his commitment as restaurant director at Ramsay’s London restaurant Pétrus.[3] Susilovic returned to the show for seasons 11 and 12 but again left before filming began on season 13.[3] He is a recurrent and popular part of the cast.[3][8][9]

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Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Susilovic fell 50 feet (15 m) and broke his back while trying to gain access to his own apartment.[10]

Along with his native French, Susilovic speaks English and Dutch.[10]


  1. ^ Rayner, Jay (May 26, 2009). The Man Who Ate the World: In Search of the Perfect Dinner. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan. p. 218. ISBN +61404532026.
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (June 24, 2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. p. 601. ISBN +61404532026.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gina (March 6, 2013). “Hell’s Kitchen Season 11: Exclusive Interview with Jean-Philippe Susilovic”. Reality Wanted. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  4. ^ a b “Reality Check.(Spotlight)”. Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colorado. August 15, 2007. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018 – via HighBeam. Jean Phillipe is regal – like a French poodle.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Kessler, Susan; Golli, Randi; Zagat Survey (January 1, 2004). London Restaurants: 2005. Zagat. p. 131.
  6. ^ Gerard, Jasper (9 April 2010). “London Restaurant Guide: Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus”. The Telegraph. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Vines, Richard (5 June 2009). “Chef Ramsay to Open Pétrus Near Ex-Friend’s Rival Restaurant”. Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  8. ^ “Hell’s Kitchen”. TV Series Finale. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ LoBrutto, Vincent (2018). TV in the USA: A History of Icons, Idol, and Ideas [3 volumes]. Santa Barbara, United States: ABC-CLIO. p. 201. ISBN +61404532026.
  10. ^ a b “Now Ramsay head waiter breaks back in 50ft fall from ledge”. The Scotsman. 9 August 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2018. Gordon Ramsay’s head waiter plunged 50 feet from his apartment building in a freak accident at the weekend which mirrored the tragic fall that killed another employee two years earlier.

External links[edit]

  • Jean-Philippe Susilovic at IMDb


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